Guest Editorial: Sept. is National Preparedness Month

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - September is National Preparedness Month.  Born out of the tremendous response to the 9/11 tragedy, the concept of "national preparedness" is really the concept of creating a nation of prepared individuals, families and businesses.

Governor Robert Bentley, The Alabama Department of Homeland Security, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and our office, Serve Alabama, partner to help Alabamians prepare for emergencies, both natural and man-made, through the Ready Alabama campaign.

In our state, we're no stranger to disaster, from the historic April 2011 tornadoes in North and Central Alabama to the hurricanes we deal with along the coast.

For you and your family, there's one thing you can do to prepare for any type of disaster, CREATE AND MAINTAIN AN EMERGENCY KIT.

You can visit our new website, to learn about suggested items for your kit.  Also, there's information on preparedness for people with special needs, seniors, kids, and pets.

Use our website as a tool for preparedness.

Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at ReadyAlabama for the latest preparedness information on specific events.

Remember, better preparedness saves lives.

About the Guest Editorialist:

Jon Mason is the Director of Serve Alabama, The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service.

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